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The A Word – my review of episode 1

I’ve just watched the screening of episode 1 of BBC1’s new TV drama ‘The A word’. The Radio Times describes it as a ‘beautifully crafted drama’ (about a young boy with ASD). I’d have to disagree with that description in many respects.  OK it was beautiful scenery and a beautiful looking child (Joe). But, if […]

Another SEND Appeal success story

Yesterday I witnessed the quickest decision ever by an LA to concede an impending SEND Appeal Hearing following their receipt of my report – the substantive evidence in an Appeal to SENDIST against the LA’s  Refusal to conduct a Statutory Assessment.   12 noon I emailed my finalized report to a parent  She immediately emailed […]

Presentation at ADHD Inspiration Day

I am delighted to have been asked by Alison Thompson, the organiser, to present at the ADHD Inspiration Day. I will be speaking on the new SEN legislation. The event takes place on Saturday 25th October 2014, in Swindon.  Here is the link www.adhdkids.org.uk/events  My presentation on Wednesday 10th September to over 70 parents and carers organised by NAS South […]

New SEN legislation comes into force

The new SEN legislation which was passed in March this year comes into force from 1st September. The main changes for children with SEN will be a move from Statements to Education, Health and Care Plans, known as EHCPs. One benefit of the legislation is that youngsters with SEN up to the age of 25 are […]

The Children and Families Bill becomes law

The Children and Families Bill received Royal Assent on 13th March and became law. It is now the Children and Families Act. It comes into force from 1st September 2014. There will also be a new Code of Practice, as statutory guidance, to accompany the new Act. The previously published draft Code of Practice is now being […]

My forthcoming presentations to Parent Support Groups

To prepare parents for the forthcoming changes to the SEN system, I will be presenting to Parent Support Groups across the West Midlands and South of England over the coming weeks. The next ones are: Bristol (Thursday 20th March) (download flyer, PDF 1.28MB) Wombourne, Staffordshire (Monday 24th March) (download flyer, PDF 1.34MB) London (Tuesday 25th […]

Government proposing to make changes

The Government is proposing to make changes to the current system of assessing children and young people’s special needs. These have been set out in the new Children and Families Bill, due to become law in 2014. There will no longer be Statements of Special Educational Need issued. Instead there will be Education, Health & […]